So what of the fishermen? Some like my grandfather emigrated to Grimsby only to return with the appearance of the steam drifter.
Their quarry was the top swimming pelagic species of herring, mackerel and sprat. No spawning ground was out of reach so herring fishing became a nine month per year occupation around the British Isles with no form of regulation.
By 1950 the Herring Fishery was as dead as the sail trawling had been.